- France has begun vaccinating its nationals, and their families, living in South Africa.
- The French embassy is making use of some 2,000 specially imported doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
- This independent rollout, while South Africa’s own struggles with supply constraints, has been met with some criticised.
However, France is not the only country leading a foreign vaccination drive aimed at protecting its citizens in South Africa, the French Embassy claims. French citizens over the age of 55 are being vaccinated in South Africa with specially imported doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
Last week Thursday (17 June 2021) morning was when the French Embassy in South Africa began its own Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The decision to vaccinate French citizens aged 55 and over follows French President Emmanual Macron first state visit to South Africa in late May.
“French President Emmanuel Macron stated that France will offer vaccination to every French citizen, including those living outside of France, by 31 August 2021,” the Spokesperson for the French Embassy in South Africa, Vigdis Beaussier,.
With Macron’s commitment to vaccinate French citizens living abroad, the embassy and the Consulates General of Cape Town and Johannesburg were instructed to organise a vaccination campaign in line.
“The French government has taken the decision to offer vaccination to its citizens abroad, if local vaccination is not available or not easy to access.”
Read the public announcement by the French Embassy on 14 June.
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By Christian Mpazayabo